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Discover the beautiful state of Rheinland-Pfalz!

Stunning abundance of nature, cultural highlights & enjoyment of life

Rheinland-Pfalz is not only a great place to live in but also offers countless breathtaking travel destinations nearby you should consider exploring with the family. The region is well-known for its forests, its wine-growing regions, its historic cities, its magnificent castles, and all around beautiful countryside.

No matter if culture or nature travel, sightseeing in one of the many fascinating cities, marveling at UNESCO sites, enjoying the calming picturesque landscape, visiting the infamous Wurstmarkt, lovely Christmas markets, or extraordinary parades during the crazy carnival season. Rheinland-Pfalz is a highly attractive and popular travel destination in the heart of Europe at any time of the year!

Are you rather the active type when it comes to planning your leisure time? 

No problem! Here, you will find plenty of insider tips where you can pursue your favorite leisure time activities like cycling, hiking, swimming or ice-skating.

Have fun checking out your options!

  • A girl’s best friend

    Nature & Activities City & Culture

    Diamonds stand for immeasurable wealth, imperishable beauty, and material harshness - Marilyn Monroe sang of their appeal in her song "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend.“ More than one hundred years ago the Ohmbachtal near Kusel in the Pfalz was home to a growing diamond-cutting industry. Today, a small museum preserves this history in a lively and impressive way. The museum shows, with the help of devices and demonstrations, how to work with the precious raw material.

    Diamantschleifermuseum Brücken
    Hauptstraße 47
    66904 Brücken
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    Phone 06386 99 31 68
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    Open Tuesday 9.30 am - 12 pm, Thursday 2 pm - 5 pm, Sunday 2 pm - 5 pm

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    Photo: Förderkreis Diamantenschleifmuseum

    This information first appeared in the newspaper supplement "Westpfalz: Entdecken – Erleben – Genießen" of the Saarbrücker Zeitung/Pfälzer Merkur sponsored by the ZukunftsRegion Westpfalz e.V.

  • A habitat with its own rules

    Nature & Activities

    It is amazing how the flora and fauna unfold without human interference. Originally designed as a fish pond, the lake Pfälzerwoog has developed uninhibited for many years. The result is a unique wetland biotope in the eponymous nature reserve Pfälzerwoog. Today, rare plants such as sundew or cranberry thrive there, and frogs, amphibians, and dragonflies frolic on the moor. The trail begins at the amusement park Birkenfeld in Ludwigswinkel.

    Biosphärenhaus Pfälzerwald/Nordvorgesen
    Am Königsbruch 1
    66996 Fischbach bei Dahn
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    Phone 0 63 93 9 21 00
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    Photo: Stefan Engel

    This information first appeared in the newspaper supplement "Westpfalz: Entdecken – Erleben – Genießen" of the Saarbrücker Zeitung/Pfälzer Merkur sponsored by the ZukunftsRegion Westpfalz e.V.

  • A legendary jump

    Nature & Activities

    Rising a tall seventy meters high, the sandstone formation Jungfernsprung sits high above the health resort Dahn. Legend has it that a beleaguered maiden, fleeing from a Hallodri, plunged into the depths and survived the jump. Today, the rock formation is not only a landmark of the city, but a popular climbing and excursion destination: pause at the summit cross and enjoy the breathtaking views of the mighty castles Alt-Dahn, Grafendahn and Tanstein as well as the fabulously beautiful landscape of the south western Palatinate. Please do not imitate the maiden.

    Verbandsgemeinde Dahner Felsenland
    Schulstr. 29
    66994 Dahn
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    Phone 0 63 91 91 96 00
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    This information first appeared in the newspaper supplement "Westpfalz: Entdecken – Erleben – Genießen" of the Saarbrücker Zeitung/Pfälzer Merkur sponsored by the ZukunftsRegion Westpfalz e.V.

  • Animals in the wild

    Nature & Activities

    The frog, toad, and lurch all live in harmony out in the “real wild” at the Wildpark Betzenberg near Kaiserslautern. European bison and wild horses live together in the wild park community that spans over 25 hectares, undisturbed under the foliage of the magnificent trees. The freely accessible facility not only offers fascinating moments of animal watching, but it also contributes valuably to the conservation of the species. Don’t forget your binoculars!

    Wildpark Betzenberg
    Entersweilerstraße
    67665 Kaiserslautern
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    Phone (06 31) 3 65 23 17
    Open Tuesday-Friday 9 am - 5 pm
    Saturday 10 am - 2 pm

    Photo: Torben Fruth

    This information first appeared in the newspaper supplement "Westpfalz: Entdecken – Erleben – Genießen" of the Saarbrücker Zeitung/Pfälzer Merkur sponsored by the ZukunftsRegion Westpfalz e.V.

  • Art at the post?

    City & Culture

    The cultural center Old Post Office” (“Alte Post”) is characterized by impressive architecture—after an extensive restoration, this building originally built in 1893 shines in a new splendor.

    The forum hosts a permanent exhibition with works of the romantic painter Heinrich Bürkel and, with the Hugo-Ball-Kabinett, exhibits a permanent exhibition on the founder of the art style Dada. Check the website for temporary exhibits.

    Forum ALTE POST
    Poststraße 2
    66954 Pirmasens
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    Phone 06331 2 39 27 16
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    Open Tuesday-Sunday 10 am - 5 pm

    Photo: Harald Kröher

    This information first appeared in the newspaper supplement "Westpfalz: Entdecken – Erleben – Genießen" of the Saarbrücker Zeitung/Pfälzer Merkur sponsored by the ZukunftsRegion Westpfalz e.V.

  • Artful footwear

    City & Culture

    In the old town hall the exhibition “Wald, Schloss, Schuh – die Geschichte der Siebenhügelstadt” reflects on the city Pirmasens’ changing shoe history. You can marvel at about 30 historic shoes. A shoemaker’s workplace shows the working conditions of a typical “Bermesenser Schlabbefigger” (shoemaker from Pirmasens). The children’s carousel from the company Salamander, decorated with Lurchi and friends, is naturally not missing. The advertising movie released by the company Rheinberger in the 60's is fun to watch because it gives a very good impression of the past time.

    Museum Altes Rathaus
    Exerzierplatzstraße 17
    66953 Pirmasens
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    Phone (0 63 31) 84 22 99
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    Photo: Dirk Weber

    This information first appeared in the newspaper supplement "Westpfalz: Entdecken – Erleben – Genießen" of the Saarbrücker Zeitung/Pfälzer Merkur sponsored by the ZukunftsRegion Westpfalz e.V.

  • Awesome panoramic view

    Nature & Activities

    The Humbergturm (Humberg Tower) is considered the quiet landmark of Kaiserslautern. This historic Bismarck tower sits on the Großer Humberg Mountain and is as much a known part of the city as the town hall or the Betzenberg Mountain. You can hike to the tower either directly from the center or along intricate paths of the hiking trails around Kaiserslautern - the guided "summer tours" are especially popular. A magnificent panoramic view over Kaiserslautern is well worth the climb.

    Humbergturm—Verein Kaiserslautern e.V.
    Im Kunzental 9
    67661 Kaiserslautern
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    Phone (0631) 5 89 10
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    Photo: Anna Wojtas

    This information first appeared in the newspaper supplement "Westpfalz: Entdecken – Erleben – Genießen" of the Saarbrücker Zeitung/Pfälzer Merkur sponsored by the ZukunftsRegion Westpfalz e.V.

  • Baroque architecture for the nobility

    City & Culture Castles & Palaces

    Between 1735 and 1775 the former duke residence in Zweibrücken was in its period of glory under Duke Christian IV. Once, famous artists shook hands with the court. Nowadays the palatine Higher Regional Court and the Attorney General’s office Zweibrücken are situated in the building. As it is not far from the heart of the shopping district, a small detour to the castle and its pretty gardens is definitely worth your time.

    Residenzschloss
    Schlossplatz 7
    66482 Zweibrücken
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    Phone (0 63 32) 80 50

    Photo: Harald Kröher

    This information first appeared in the newspaper supplement "Westpfalz: Entdecken – Erleben – Genießen" of the Saarbrücker Zeitung/Pfälzer Merkur sponsored by the ZukunftsRegion Westpfalz e.V.

  • Biosphere

    Nature & Activities

    The biosphere in the Rhineland-Palatine Fischbach is a nature experience center that appeals to all five senses. An interactive multimedia-exhibition presents important knowledge on the importance of the biosphere reservoir and its ecological cycles. The environmental values and playful approach thereof are visible in all areas of the exhibition. An exceptional highlight proves to be Germany’s first treetop path 114 feet above ground level. You can spend the night at the house or grab a bite in the café.

    Biosphärenhaus Pfälzerwald/Nordvogesen
    Am Königsbruch 1
    66996 Fischbach bei Dahn
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    Phone (0 63 93) 9 21 00
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    Photo: Dennis Schneble

    This information first appeared in the newspaper supplement "Westpfalz: Entdecken – Erleben – Genießen" of the Saarbrücker Zeitung/Pfälzer Merkur sponsored by the ZukunftsRegion Westpfalz e.V.

  • Bird’s eye view

    Nature & Activities

    Shining high up on the Donnersberg Mountain is the Adlerbogen (Eagle Arch).  It stretches over the eastern flank of the mountain. At 687 meters tall it’s the highest peak in the Palatinate. The Palantine monument, crowned by a steely eagle, is an iron testimony of a long-gone war and a magnet for hikers and daredevils. The sheer height coupled with the view through the arch is absolutely breathtaking.

    Tourist-Info Dannenfels
    Oberstraße 14
    67814 Dannenfels
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    Phone (06357) 16 14
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    Photo: Anna Wojtas

    This information first appeared in the newspaper supplement "Westpfalz: Entdecken – Erleben – Genießen" of the Saarbrücker Zeitung/Pfälzer Merkur sponsored by the ZukunftsRegion Westpfalz e.V.

  • Crossroads

    Nature & Activities

    Known not only for its famous biker club, the Johanniskreuz (Johannis Cross) is a popular stop for all those traveling through the Westpfalz. The Johanniskreuz is a meeting place and excursion destination in the Palatinate Forest. Here, the district of Trippstadt offers a lodge, chapel, small pubs, a thriving garden, and a forest shop with regional products in the Haus der Nachhaltigkeit (house of sustainability).

    Haus der Nachhaltigkeit
    Johanniskreuz 1a
    67705 Trippstadt
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    Phone (06306) 9 21 01 30
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    Photo: Anna Wojtas

    This information first appeared in the newspaper supplement "Westpfalz: Entdecken – Erleben – Genießen" of the Saarbrücker Zeitung/Pfälzer Merkur sponsored by the ZukunftsRegion Westpfalz e.V.

  • Cycling on railroad tracks

    Nature & Activities

    Let's take an unusual journey of discovery on an extraordinary vehicle. The tour on the draisine leads along the former railroad tracks between Altenglan and Staudernheim. Scattered over the entire length of 40 kilometers there are several spots in the villages at which one can park the draisine. Whether it takes you to museums on architectural relics, art or culture, one of the local restaurants or the vineyard, there are a lot of things to be explored – right next to the tracks.

    Tourist-Information Pfälzer Bergland
    Bahnhofstraße 67
    66869 Kusel
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    Phone (0 63 81) 42 42 70
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    Photo: Fremdenverkehrszweckverbund Landkreis Kusel

    This information first appeared in the newspaper supplement "Westpfalz: Entdecken – Erleben – Genießen" of the Saarbrücker Zeitung/Pfälzer Merkur sponsored by the ZukunftsRegion Westpfalz e.V.

  • Cycling, hiking and history in Weilerbach

    Nature & Activities

    The union community Weilerbach lies between the Palatine forest in the south and the Palatine mountains in the north. It is located 20 kilometers west of the University town Kaiserslautern in its county district. The local activities are ideal for day trips and short stays.

    You can hike through untouched nature and enjoy the beautiful view. From the Eulenkopf mountain, you'll experience an amazing view of the open landscape – enjoyable on all accounts. The tourist village Eulenbis is not only on a high altitude, but you can find the only berry wine museum in the world.

    There are many trails for those who like to travel by bike. The circular bicycle path of the union community takes you along the rural beauty of the area to other regions. There is a direct link to the Barbarossa or Palatinate Land Trails.

    Hiking is a popular activity here as well. The region is easy to explore on foot on many themed trails and a quality hiking route. The Palatinate Way of St. James leads to the Worms – Metz monastery and leads through the union community Weilerbach.

    The findings and the reconstruction of a Celtic sovereign’s grave in Rodenbach prove that the Celts settled here thousands of years ago. The oldest churches are located in Reichenbach-Steegen (Protestant Church, 12th century) and in Weilerbach (Catholic Church, 13th century, the oldest baptismal font in Palatinate). The Reinhard-Blauth-Museum in Weilerbach offers you more insights into local history from prehistoric times to the 20th century.

    The “Mackenbacher Wandermusikanten” (Mackenbach travelling musicians) are world-famous. A museum was dedicated to this profession in the village Mackenbach, the West Palatinate musician’s museum. If you rather feel like digging deep into the soil’s history of the region, you can visit the former coal mine in Erzenhausen. In the vernacular, it is called the “Tropfsteinhöhle” (dripstone cave), even though it is not a stalactite cave.

    The outdoor swimming pool in Rodenbach invites guests to cool off from May to early September. Moreover, throughout an eventful day of exploring the region, you can take a well-earned break and have lunch or dinner at one of the local restaurants.

    Photo: Touristikbüro der Verbandsgemeinde Weilerbach

    This information first appeared in the newspaper supplement "Westpfalz: Entdecken – Erleben – Genießen" of the Saarbrücker Zeitung/Pfälzer Merkur sponsored by the ZukunftsRegion Westpfalz e.V.

  • Destination Tschifflik

    Castles & Palaces

    The formidable castle Tschifflik near Zweibrücken was built around 1715. Today, it accommodates the romantic hotel Landschloss Fasanerie. The fine hotel and food temple isn’t just famous for its atmosphere and delicious cuisine; the beautiful garden consists of a historic pheasant garden and an old well surrounded by saturated green. The sight is soothing and calms your mind. Those who travel along the southern Barockstraße should stop by the spacious terrace.

    Fasanerie
    Fasaneriestraße 1
    66482 Zweibrücken
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    Phone (0 63 32) 97 30
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    Photo. Judith Schlachter

    This information first appeared in the newspaper supplement "Westpfalz: Entdecken – Erleben – Genießen" of the Saarbrücker Zeitung/Pfälzer Merkur sponsored by the ZukunftsRegion Westpfalz e.V.

  • Dinosaurs in the flowerbed

    Nature & Activities City & Culture

    Open from April to October, the Rhineland-Palatinate Gartenschau (Garden Show) annually attracts thousands of visitors to the grounds of the former worsted spinning mill with its “Gärten der Vielfalt” ("Gardens of Diversity") show. The show offers attractions for the whole family with its magnificent seas of flowers and a diverse program of events and cultural offerings attractions for the whole family. Notable highlights: the largest dinosaur exhibition in Europe and an impressive Lego collection.

    Gartenschau Kaiserslautern
    Lauterstraße 51
    67659 Kaiserslautern
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    Phone (0631) 71 00 70
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    Photo: Anna Wojtas

    This information first appeared in the newspaper supplement "Westpfalz: Entdecken – Erleben – Genießen" of the Saarbrücker Zeitung/Pfälzer Merkur sponsored by the ZukunftsRegion Westpfalz e.V.

  • Dive into the past

    City & Culture

    See how the Celts lived: the Keltendorf (Celtic village) in Steinbach is not a museum in the classic sense, because here visitors actively follow in the footsteps of the people who lived on the Donnersberg Mountain over 2000 years ago. Steinbach offers numerous opportunities for people of all ages to test their creativity and skill in the Celtic village. On the weekends, in addition to expert guides leading tours, there are also changing activities such as archery or felting.

    Keltendorf am Donnersberg e.V.
    Brühlstraße
    67808 Steinbach
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    Phone (06352) 17 12

    This information first appeared in the newspaper supplement "Westpfalz: Entdecken – Erleben – Genießen" of the Saarbrücker Zeitung/Pfälzer Merkur sponsored by the ZukunftsRegion Westpfalz e.V.

  • Eulenkopf tower

    Nature & Activities

    The exposed altitude of the municipality Eulenbis near Kaiserslautern makes this village the ideal starting point for hikes around the 422 meter high Eulenkopf mountain. There is a prominent point there where the “Eulenkopf” (owl's head) tower is visible from afar. In the general renovation made by the Eulenkopfverein (Eulenkopf Association) in the early 1990s, the Turmstube (Tower Restaurant) was rebuilt during general renovations made by the Eulenkopfverein. It then became a true gem in the region, and since 2007 has housed the highest wedding venue in the Palatinate. The view sweeps over Kaiserslautern and the West Palatine mountain country up to the Sickinger height and the Potzberg mountain.

    Eulenkopfturm (Owl’s Head Tower)
    67685 Erzenhausen
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    12 meters tall, 57 steps to the top
    Open from the August 7
    Monday and Thursday 3 pm - 7 pm, Friday 2 pm - 7 pm, Sunday 10 am - 7 pm
    Keys to the tower given out in the restaurant of the Eulenkopf association (at the tower)

    Photo: Sandra McNeil-Siebenlist

    This information first appeared in the newspaper supplement "Westpfalz: Entdecken – Erleben – Genießen" of the Saarbrücker Zeitung/Pfälzer Merkur sponsored by the ZukunftsRegion Westpfalz e.V.

  • Excitement underground

    Nature & Activities

    Did you know? Mining in the Palatinate has a long tradition of producing a wide variety of raw materials. In the Pfälzischen Bergbauermuseum (Palatine Mining Museum) in Imsbach and in the two visitor mines “Weiße Grube” ("White Mine") and “Grube Maria” ("Mine Maria") you can admire the variety of regional mineral resources. The montanhistorischen Rundwanderwege (path around the mines), with its numerous info boards about the mining history, can be walked all year round on your own or with a guided tour.

    Pfälzisches Bergbauermuseum
    Imsbach e.V.
    Ortsstraße 2
    67817 Imsbach
    GOOGLE MAPS
    Phone (06302) 60 20

    Photo: Anna Wojtas

    This information first appeared in the newspaper supplement "Westpfalz: Entdecken – Erleben – Genießen" of the Saarbrücker Zeitung/Pfälzer Merkur sponsored by the ZukunftsRegion Westpfalz e.V.

  • Experience the castle

    Castles & Palaces

    Formerly a defensive protection for land and people, Burg Nanstein stands today as the landmark of the city Landstuhl. The Burg is not only a recommended excursion destination in the summer, but it’s also the backdrop for the Landstuhl Castle Games. For exact dates and ticket sales, visit the website.

    Burg Nanstein
    Burgweg
    66849 Landstuhl
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    Tourist Information der Verbandsgemeinde Landstuhl
    Phone (0 6371) 130 00 12
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    This information first appeared in the newspaper supplement "Westpfalz: Entdecken – Erleben – Genießen" of the Saarbrücker Zeitung/Pfälzer Merkur sponsored by the ZukunftsRegion Westpfalz e.V.

  • Floating beauties

    Nature & Activities

    The famous impressionist Claude Monet was enthralled by the timeless beauty and elegance of the water lilies, just as the international art scene still is today: his water lily paintings are among the most sought-after and expensive paintings in the world. Nature lovers travel not to France, but to the West Palatinate, to admire these floating beauties in all their splendor. In the Moosbachtal near Dahn, the graceful flowers cover the wetland Kranzwoog from June to September; lounger chairs invite you to pause and dream. The starting point for enjoying these sights is in the Mosbachtal-Sträßchen (Mosbach valley street) in Dahn.

    Dahner Hütte
    Des Pfälzerwald-Vereins
    Im Schneiderfeld
    66994 Dahn
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    Phone 0 63 91 17 93
    Open April-October 10 am - 6 pm, Closed Mondays and Tuesdays

    This information first appeared in the newspaper supplement "Westpfalz: Entdecken – Erleben – Genießen" of the Saarbrücker Zeitung/Pfälzer Merkur sponsored by the ZukunftsRegion Westpfalz e.V.